When Grey's Anatomy returns for its sixth season, viewers will witness a funeral for one of the doctors of Seattle Grace. It's actually the worst kept secret in TV these days because if you've been following the entire buzz surrounding series creator Shonda Rhimes and Grey's cast member T.R. Knight, then you're already aware that it's for George O'Malley.
In last season's cliffhanger ending, George was hit by a bus and his heart rate eventually flat-lined, leaving his fate unknown. His portrayer, Knight, however, has already been released from his contract on the show. He has also revealed why he really quit the ABC medical drama, citing creative differences over his character's direction with executive producer Rhimes.
This week, the cast of Grey's Anatomy was seen back to work in Los Angeles where they were filming a funeral scene. Spotted on the set were Katherine Heigl, who plays Izzie Stevens, and a very pregnant Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey. The men were also back to work: Justin Chambers, who portrays Alex Karev, and Patrick Dempsey, who plays Derek Shepherd, also acted in the scenes to pay their respects to George.
Rhimes actually had a different season opener planned for the return of Grey's Anatomy. A flash back was supposed to take viewers to the hours during which George was missing, from when he left the hospital to when he returned later on as a disfigured John Doe.
However, Knight reportedly declined to make a brief appearance and instead of seeing George's detailed split-second decision to save that girl's life cost him his own, viewers will just have to watch Rhimes' alternative version.
Grey's Anatomy returns for its sixth season on Thursday, September 24 at 9pm 9/8c on ABC.